Lauren Rowles MBE is a World and Paralympic Rowing Champion.
Lauren’s remarkable journey began in 2012 at the age of 13, when she woke up one morning paralysed from the waist down.
She spent the following eight months in hospitals and rehabilitation units trying to regain the use of her legs. Despite being left physically impaired from Transverse Myelitis, Lauren was determined to fulfil her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.
“Lauren made time to speak to everybody and we know how inspiring our staff found her story. Thanks so much for helping to make the evening a success.”
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
After being inspired by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Lauren began her career as an elite athlete aged just 14.
She quickly found a talent in wheelchair track racing and she soon represented Great Britain on the international stage, including the Commonwealth Games and Junior World Championships.
Lauren transitioned from Athletics to Rowing in 2015 after being scouted by the British Rowing Team and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Five months after she took her first stroke, Lauren won a silver medal at the Senior World Rowing Championships and qualified her boat for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Lauren made her mark on the global sporting stage after winning a Paralympic gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games at the age of just 18.
Subsequently, Lauren was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for her services to Rowing. She has since been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Despite having three major surgeries since 2016, Lauren returned to international competition in 2019 claiming her first World Championship title and Championship record.
Lauren is currently hard at work to ensure that she replicates her Rio 2016 success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Lauren Rowles is an experienced keynote speaker and offers a unique insight into her journey and sporting career.
Lauren is incredibly versatile and tailors her talks to the client’s needs.
Speaking topics include:
- Achieving your dreams and goals
- Teamwork and Leadership
- How to deal with the strains and joys of success
- Overcoming Adversity